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Lions of the West

From Johnny Appleseed to James K. Polk, the Americans who embodied Manifest Destiny.

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Destiny of the Republic

The little-known story of the shooting of the twentieth president, and its aftermath.

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Leningrad

The suffering and sacrifice of a city under historic siege.

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Red Summer

African-American troops returned from World War I to find a new battle waiting  at home.

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Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy

Surveying the longest uninterrupted monarchy in the world.

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The First Detective

How a former burglar and prison escape artist founded the police force as we know it.

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A World on Fire

A British writer puts the spectacle of the American Civil War on a transatlantic stage.

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The Origins of Political Order

A grand attempt to map the birth and development of modern government.

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The Birth of Classical Europe

The grand old history of names, narratives, and nations returns in the newest volume in the Penguin History of Europe.

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Punching Out

Taking apart an auto plant, after the last workers have been let go.

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The Great Divorce

The true story of one mother's crusade to reclaim her children sheds light on the history of a famous religious sect, and women's struggle for legal rights.

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Dark Harbor

The shadowy allure of New York City's once-vibrant port, and the scandal that inspired On the Waterfront.

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Trials of the Diaspora

A lawyer assembles a remarkably detailed history of English anti-Semitism, from the Middle Ages to the present.

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Parisians

The acclaimed biographer of Balzac and Victor Hugo reveals the secret history of Paris, from Marie Antoinette to Mitterand.

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Operation Mincemeat

The author of Agent Zigzag reveals the true story of Britain's most ingenious WWII espionage ploy.

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Last Call

A scintillating, sweeping, and eye-opening account of the birth, maturity, and afterlife of the 18th Amendment.

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Hellhound on His Trail

The author of Ghost Soldiers tracks the astonishing trail of the assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945

For all his inspiring toughness, Churchill viewed combat as a species of entertainment.

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Mrs. Adams in Winter

The fascinating chronicle of a First Lady's journey across Europe—as an escaped Napoleon makes a renewed bid for power.

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Daring Young Men

The Berlin Airlift was supposed to be a stopgap measure until a diplomatic stalemate could be resolved. It became a pivotal victory in the Cold War. Read more...

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).